Paris Hilton says she was groomed by her 8th grade teacher who told her Priscilla Presley was her age 'when Elvis fell in love with her'
Paris Hilton writes in her new memoir about being groomed aged 14 by her 8th grade teacher.
"The focus was on my intoxicating beauty instead of his inappropriate behavior," Hilton writes.
The incident was the "catalyst" that led her parents to send her to abusive boarding schools.
Paris Hilton said she was groomed by her 8th grade teacher when she was 14 years old, describing the incident as the "catalyst" for her parents' decision to send her to a series of abusive boarding schools miles away from her family.
In "Paris: The Memoir," her new autobiography released Tuesday, the now 42-year-old DJ and businesswoman recalled the inappropriate behavior of a "handsome young teacher" at her Catholic middle school whom "all the girls in my class were crushing on."
"Everyone loved him, including the nuns," she wrote, explaining that he had a "very Abercrombie" look, including "tousled hair" and "penetrating eyes."
However, the teacher — who Hilton gave the moniker Mr. Abercrombie and did not identify — it turned out, reciprocated her feelings and told the then 14-year-old Hilton: "I've got a crush on you."
According to the "Stars Are Blind" singer, the teacher asked for her private phone number and proceeded to call her almost every night.
"We talked for hours about how amazingly mature, beautiful, and intelligent I was, how sensual, misunderstood, and special. He reminded me that Princess Diana was 13 years younger than Prince Charles. And Priscilla Presley was my age when Elvis fell in love with her. "
"I deserved a rock star. I deserved a prince. Because I was a princess. I deserved to be cherished and loved in a way 8th grade boys know nothing about," she recalled him telling her.
Hilton wrote that she "never felt like I was being manipulated" at the time. Instead, she recalls: "I felt like I was being worshipped."
"Why wouldn't I love this narrative? It was all about me, me, gorgeous little me," she wrote. "The focus was on my intoxicating beauty instead of his inappropriate behavior."
"Mr. Abercrombie made me believe that I was rare and precious, and you know what? I was," she continued. "Every 8th grade girl is rare and precious."
"Every 8th grade girl is a treasure, like a priceless work of art, so you'd like to think that every 8th grade teacher will be like a security guard in an art gallery. He's not there to enjoy the beauty; he's there to protect it. He's there to enforce the rules, and Rule Number One is: DO. NOT. TOUCH. Keep your fingers, lips, and man bits off the masterpieces."
Hilton said that the relationship came to a dramatic end one night when the teacher asked if Hilton's parents were home and when she responded that they were not, decided to drive over.
"I saw a late-model SUV idling at the top of the driveway," she wrote. "I climbed into the passenger seat. Teacher pulled me into his arms and kissed me."
Remembering the kiss, the mom-of-one wrote: "The intensity of it stunned and delighted me. My brain lit up, flush with adrenaline, curiosity, and a host of feelings I couldn't even name."
"This terrifying blissful kissing went on for what seemed like a long time and seemed to be evolving into something more. I don't know where he would have taken it if my parents hadn't pulled into the driveway."
Not knowing what to do, the teacher took off with Hilton in his car and "sped like a maniac through the posh streets of Bel Air and Westwood," with Kathy and Rick Hilton in hot pursuit.
Hilton recalled how the teacher tried to blame her for his behavior and said to her: "My life is over. What am I doing? Why did you make me do this?"
The teacher eventually dropped her back home and Hilton snuck back into her bedroom. When her parents burst through the door and began shouting at her, she tried to pretend she had been sleeping. After this incident, they decided to send their teen daughter to go live with her maternal grandmother in Palm Springs.
As for her teacher, Hilton doesn't know if he ever faced consequences for his actions but writes that in retrospect she now realizes that he was a pedophile.
"For 25 years, I framed this episode in my mind as 'my first kiss,' because, even though it wasn't my first kiss, it made all the kisses that came before it seem like the kisses I gave my ferrets," she wrote.
"I never allowed myself to talk or even think about what it really was or why I climbed out the window to kiss that stupid pedophile. It took decades for me to actually speak the word pedophile."
"Even now, knowing in my grown-up mind that no child is ever to blame for inappropriate adult behavior, my face is literally burning as I sit here telling you this terrible secret," she continued.
"I'm not sure I'll ever be able to fully shake it off. But it's a key part of my story, the catalyst for much of what followed," she said referring to the extreme measures her parents took in the years following to put their daughter on the straight and narrow.
"Paris: The Memoir" by Paris Hilton is available to buy now.
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